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The new Make It Stop (September’s Children) video by Rise Against is a visual, visceral very vocal attack on bullying and homophobia. They may be from the Windy City but they sure aren’t blowhards. The lads have something to say and they say it poignantly and powerfully.

Excellent material that could easily be exploited by teachers concerned with bullying. The three sub-stories which make up the narrative of the video can easily be utilized as writing stimuli. This is perhaps the hardest hitting and socially/politically strong video since Linkin Park’s What I’ve Done was released in 2007. (btw if anyone is interested i’ve done an analysis of this video, edit by edit).

Stylistically the song continues a theme of asking rhetorical questions that has long stood the test of time (remember Black Eyed Peas Where Is The Love). This could be another avenue to look at when discussing the lyrics.



  1. I absolutely agree with everything you said. I’m glad Rise Against made this song and music video. Definitely very powerful. Interesting point about the rhetorical questions — I didn’t even think of that. I hope that many people read this great post~

    • lily, how did you find my post? was it the tags?

  2. Oh, yeah. Found it off the ‘Rise Against’ tag. 😛

    • thanks. always nice to know how readers get to my blog….

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